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Orientation for New Students

Information about library services, collections and other resources for new WSU students.

LASI 170

LASI 170 Introduction
to Library Research

This 8-week, 1-credit class is great for students who are:

  • New to WSU
  • Starting programs that require research
  • Uncomfortable using library databases to find scholarly sources
  • Planning to enroll in a graduate program that requires research

Coursework can be made more robust or remedial to meet student needs. Contact Angela Paul.

Introduction to the Orientation Library Guide

Library toursCome look at the new and exciting spaces in Ablah Library! Tour includes the new Digital Scholar Commons, 24-hour study room, Lightboard Studio, V-R zone, 3-D printers, focus rooms and other study rooms. If time, we will see an overview of the library website and introduce finding articles, books, and interlibrary loan. Registration is not required, but registrants will receive an email reminder the day before the event. 

We're really happy you decided to attend WSU! Everyone at University Libraries is here to help you succeed and hopefully make your life a little easier. More library resources can be found in the Student Toolbox. Not a WSU student yet? Check out our guide for Using WSU Libraries as a high school student.

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If there's anything you need, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us using the information in the "Ask a Librarian" section below.

A database is an index with special tools that allow you (the researcher) to generate a relevant list of sources. SmartSearch is a discovery service that searches multiple library databases at the same time. It can find MILLIONS of results if you don't know how to run a good search. Learn more about running a good search in SmartSearch and individual library databases on the Finding Articles guide linked in the left column.

Below are a few resources you might want to try, especially if you find SmartSearch overwhelming.

Ask a Librarian

Come talk to a librarian in person at the Reference Desk on the first floor of Ablah Library. 

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What are some reasons to contact a librarian?

‚Äč      To find the best resources for your topic
      To discuss strategies and develop skills for searching article databases and the library catalog
      To identify and locate primary source materials


If a librarian is not available, you may also seek assistance from other library staff during library hours who will refer you to the appropriate librarian or department as necessary. 

See the full schedule of library hours including Reference Desk, presession, intersession, and holiday hours for the main library (Ablah) and for the Chemistry and Music branch libraries. Ablah Library hours are also available on an automated phone line: 316-978-3581.

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Chat with us or request a Zoom session via the adjacent chat box. Our chat service is staffed during Reference Desk hours
If chat is not available, send us a question via e-mail.

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   Reference Desk (Ablah Library)  316-978-3584

  Circulation Desk (Ablah Library) 316-978-3582

  Music Library  316-978-3029

  Interlibrary Loan  316-978-3167

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         Email a librarian with your question
         or fill out this form.

Subject Librarians are available to help students, faculty, and staff with their research and library instruction needs. Use the left-hand navigation tabs to find the librarian assigned to a particular subject or college. Contact your subject librarian for assistance or to schedule an appointment for a research consultation.

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